Post-Race Reflections (Part 5)

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Luck of the Irish (not the Welsh) In my previous blogs I have tried to capture some of the extreme physical and psychological challenges encountered during Team Red Dragon’s Race Across America, and I will continue to do so in future post-race reflections. There were, however, light-hearted moments that provided a welcome comic relief from the brutality of the race. …

Maryland

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One final trip as Team Red Dragon in the Little White Dragon Wagon. We travel to Maryland. Passing over the Appalachian region left us contemplative over what could’ve been. The desire to see Michael, with his strong climbing skills and his skilled descents, yet knowing full well, the danger we would’ve been facing with Michael stretched so far beyond his …

Don’t Cry Because it’s Over, Laugh because it Happened

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Mile: 2576 June 22, 22:09 (RAAM – EST) A thunderstorm so heavy with lightening all around. Michael continues on. We all just wonder, what will be thrown at us next. A flash flood alert has come as well. He’s riding through water 3-4 inches deep sending off rooster tails, that informs us the traction must be nil. After a few …

Terrano Talks

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From 7:00 pm – 7:00 am, we must direct follow Michael – 20-30’ Behind him at all times. He must be in our headlights. We are a connected entity during this time. The Little White Dragon Wagon acts as shield. During these times, we often entertain ourselves with what I refer to as “The Terrano Talks”. It’s often in the …

A Few Photos – Just for fun

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A brief pitstop, referred to as ‘butt break’ – he doesn’t actually get off the bike but stands and stretches for a moment. Sometimes it will include a clothing change. Here Michael is checking in with the Navigator. Navigator always sits shotgun and communicates without a Michael Our the window and hands needed items out the window as the van …

Time Station – what’s it all about?

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What is involved in a Time Station stop? Most Time Stations are just a drive by. A place designated on the map and nothing more. Michael rides by the designated spot and then the crew chief checks in online to Headquarters to verify he made it.  Often times Time Stations are at gas stations or other establishments that have facilities …

Oh yes, and then there’s that…

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And did we mention…severe thunderstorms approaching. Nothing new though, Michael has been riding through torrential rains off and on these last few days. He currently wears double shorts to keep his tender bum as comfortable as possible, and with all the rain he changes at least twice a day. Keeping up with his laundry is of key importance to keep …

So close, but yet so far…

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The last 24 hours have been grueling. Who am I kidding this whole thing has been grueling. However, the intensity mounts as we get within the two day mark with less than 600 Miles to go. The goal is attainable, yet at the same time insurmountable. Yet, as we have all seen, Michael has incredible will and strength. Let’s all …

Sleep is a Weapon!

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So, we made the cutoff. Michael had a good long sleep and Team Red Dragon was ready to roll once again…or so we thought. Once back on the road, it was clear that Michael had not yet fully recovered from the trauma his body endured earlier in the day. He really tried, he gave it his all, but he was …

TS35 – The Cutoff

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We came close to ending the adventure today. The last three day push really took its toll on Michael and the team, both physically and mentally. The focus of meeting the cutoff time deadline caused us to lose track of our plan. Today required a push of 321 miles to meet the cutoff. The endless “rollers”, hills that just keep …